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Fall & Summer 2020 Registration


Fall 2020 - Registration will start Tuesday, April 28.


Summer 2020 - Registration will start Tuesday, May 5.


Be advised that all holds must be cleared before registration.


  • Returning Students - In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to not to require mandatory advising sessions and the program will not place advisement holds on students. You will be able to register without advisement. 


  • New students - these holds will only be removed once each student has filled in the MALS student Questionnaire. Please fill out the questionnaire as soon as possible to ensure that the hold is lifted before registration. 


In order for a class to count for the degree, students must be graded on a A-F scale. The only exception is MALS 79000, the Thesis/Capstone Project which is graded on a Pass/Fail basis

All students are required to be in status each term. This means that students must either be registered or be on an approved Leave of Absence.


KEY DATES (Spirng 2020)

DECEMBER 2 (MON.) Registration begins for the Spring 2020 semester for those matriculated student enrolled in the Fall 2019 semester.

JANUARY 24 (FRI.) Last day to apply for a leave of absence for Spring 2020.

JANUARY 26 (SUN.) Last day to drop for 100% tuition refund.

JANUARY 27 (MON.) First day of classes for the Spring 2020 semester. All students who register on or after this day must pay tuition and fees in full at that time, including $25 late registration fee. Student making an adjustment to an already existing enrollment on or after this day will be assessed an $18 Program Adjustment Fee.

JANUARY 28 (TUES.) Last day to deposit dissertation or thesis and file for a February 1, 2020 degree.

FEBRUARY 2 (SUN.) Last day to register for Spring 2020. Last day to drop for 75% tuition refund. FEBRUARY 9 (SUN.) Last day to drop for 50% tuition refund.

FEBRUARY 12 (WED.) Lincoln’s Birthday observed. The Graduate Center is closed.

FEBRUARY 16 (SUN.) Last day to drop for 25% tuition refund. Deadline to add a course with permission or drop (without the grade of “W” appearing on the student record). All changes that may affect student billing must be completed by this date.

APRIL 1 (WED.) Last day to file for unevaluated withdrawal (“W”) from courses. 

  • Due to COVID-19 the University has extended the deadline for course withdrawals to May 14. Instructions on how to submit a course withdrawal form while offices are closed as well as information on other student records related information is available in self-service can be found at:

Please visit the SPRING 2020 ACADEMIC CALENDAR for relevant dates and deadlines.



Visit the MALS Course Schedule for course descriptions of courses offered by MALS.

Visit the CUNY First Schedule of Classes to see all courses offered by the GC.

MALS 70000 - Seminar in Interdisciplinary Studies
The Seminar in Interdisciplinary Studies course is required for all MALS students. The course is a topics class. Faculty who teach it choose a subject of study – usually related to their own research interests – and explore that topic through a range of disciplinary lenses. The class is designed to help students understand interdisciplinary work, develop their written, oral, and analytic skills, and create a cohort experience. We encourage students to take this class in their first or second semester in the program.

MALS Core Courses
Students who entered the program this Spring, should be taking their second core course if it is offered. If you do not take the core courses when they are offered, you may miss them in case they are not offered next year, and this may delay the completion of your degree down the line. In some cases, MALS core courses will be cross-listed with other programs. Students who would like to have these courses satisfy the core course requirement for their chosen concentration must register for the MALS course number.
Satisfactory Progress Holds
Students must be in good standing to register. Students who have a Satisfactory Progress hold should have received an email to this effect from the Registrar’s office earlier this semester. Please contact Professor Karen Miller to resolve the hold. The MALS department can resolve ONLY academic holds; for other holds, contact the corresponding GC offices.
Thesis/Capstone Project Research, MALS 79000 (3 credits)
Students who are registering for MALS 79000, Thesis/Capstone Project Research, need to email Kathy Koutsis directly (and forward correspondence showing that they have a faculty member who has agreed to advise) to get a course permission. Any professor who has an appointment to the Graduate Center can serve as a thesis advisor (not just faculty within MALS).

Thesis Writing Course, MALS 72000, (3 credits)
If you would like to sign up for the thesis writing course, permission of the department is required. To express your interest in taking this course, please fill in this form.  This is a 3-credit course and it is not a substitute for MALS 79000.
Maintenance of Matriculation
Students who have completed the 30 credits for the degree, but need an additional semester to complete the thesis, should register for “Maintenance of Matriculation” (# 54634).
If you find that a course offered by another department is closed or has restrictions, you can get in touch with the instructor for permission to enroll. Once you’ve got the instructor’s permission, you'll arrange for it to be posted to CUNYfirst by emailing the Assistant Program Officer of the department offering the course. Please include your EMPL ID in your correspondence.  Here’s a link to the doctoral programs.
For MALS courses, please ask the instructor to post the permission to enroll in CUNYfirst.
Registering for English and Comparative Literature Courses
Please note that the English and Comparative Literature departments offer a 2-credit option for all of their courses. This option is only available to students enrolled in Ph.D. programs; MALS students should choose the 4-credit option when registering for these courses. When registering for variable credit courses, the registration will be processed automatically for the lowest credit value available. You may change this credit value by clicking on the credit number in the registration screen. 

Federal Aid Information
A few key points: Students must be registered for at least 6 credits to receive federal aid (Perkins, work study, Stafford and Graduate PLUS). The amount of federal aid a student is eligible for is based on the number of credits the student registers for, a standardized cost of living amount, and the student’s financial need. If a student drops from 9 to 6 credits, their aid eligibility decreases by the cost of those three credits. If a student drops from 6 to 3 credits, all of their federal aid would be cancelled.
If a student completely withdraws from all classes prior to the 60% point of the policy on our website comes into effect. The 60% point is also when students who completely withdraw are entitled to keep their loans. Any student who completely withdraws from their classes will give up any remaining work study eligibility.
For detailed information, visit Master's Scholarships and Financial Aid.